An appeal was moved in the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Centre that “triple talaq” or polygamy should not be applicable to Hindu women who are married to Muslim men.
The petition is likely to come up for hearing before a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal. The plea demands to shed limelight on the plight of Hindu girls, affected by Triple Talaq.
A Public Interest litigation (PIL) was raised by advocate Vijay Shukhla, who sought directions to the Centre for making registration of inter-caste marriages compulsory under the Special Marriage Act or Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act. Since there is no provision of registration of marriage in Muslim law, therefore, time has now come for a direction to the Union of India to make registration of Inter-caste marriages compulsory under the Act. The Marriage Act would even have a clause on imposition of penalty, in case an inter-caste marriage is not registered. The PIL stated that, since the “nikahnaama” (marriage contract) will be written in Urdu, the Hindu women fail to understand provisions related to the “triple talaq” or polygamy. The petitioner, urged the Court, that the Muslim cleric should explain the provisions of the “nikahnaama” pertaining to summary divorce and polygamy to the Hindu women, in their own mother tongue.
The PIL said, the issue is serious, and is of public importance, as the plight of many Hindu girls is involved, due to the danger of triple talaq by their Muslim husbands or of another marriage by the men.